People do not realize that songs and lyrics from musicals have become part of popular culture, especially since they have been detached from the musicals where they originated. These are usually called show tunes. Perfect examples of show tunes include andldquo;Memoryandrdquo; from the popular musical Cats (one of the longest running musicals in Broadway), a song that was famously performed by Barbra Streisand. Even those who like this iconic song do not even know that andldquo;Memoryandrdquo; is from a musical; the songandrsquo;s generally appealing lyrics make it likable even to those who havenandrsquo;t seen the production. Other musicals were created the other way around, with musicals using existing songs in their productions. An example of this is the musical Mamma Mia, a musical that uses songs by ABBA.

Nonetheless, the lyrics of these songs form the heart of musical productions. They function just like how a dialogue in a story should, although with the added appeal of music. Musical theater may no longer be as popular now as it was several years ago. However, the songs and the lyrics from these productions will continue to linger in the hearts of millions.

Today’s artists have a virtually unlimited palette with tubes of commercial oil paints available in every possible color and shade. Not only that, modern oil paints are easy to combine with one another, making it possible to create any color imaginable.

In the past, artists had to hand grind pigments, mixing their oils individually before each painting session. The book, The Girl with the Pearl Earring, gave us a glimpse into this world, showing us Vermeer at work carefully mixing the brilliant colors by hand.

In fact, Vermeer used a simple palette consisting of about a dozen pigments to create The Girl with the Pearl Earring. This palette was similar to the palettes commonly used by Dutch painters of the time though Vermeer opted for the more expensive lapis lazuli over azurite. His brilliant blues were not the result of picking out a tube of paint that met his needs; they were the result of his mastery of mixing oil paints as well as his underpainting techniques.

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